London - Gordon Ramsay
I am visiting London next week, and my friend who is living there just informed me she was unable to secure a reservation for Gordon Ramsay-RHR (which I requested so long ago!). She did make reservations at Tom Aikens, but I was so looking forward to experiencing a GR restaurant. It sounds like the others are not up to par with GR-RHR. Should I dine at one of his other establishments, or if I can't dine at the best, don't bother at all?
Thanks in advance for your advice!
We ate at Maze last Thursday night. I think the small portion/grazing idea is not for everyone, but our party of 3 enjoyed all the dishes, not to mention the wonderful service. The menu is easy to see on the website. I'm not a huge eater (contrary to public opinion), so this type of meal was great for me.
My husband liked the idea of returning to the Maze Grill next door for a more substantial meal, and I'm sure we will. If you do go to Maze, I'd suggest asking for a table (if possible) as far from the bar as possible. We had an early booking and the noise emanating from that area was loud!
Went to Aikens a few years ago. No one at our table (eight) was overly impressed or has since been back. Dishes were overly complex. A case of more is less.
Aikens and Ramsay RHR are nothing alike. RHR was a truly memorable meal. Looking forward to it, unlike Aikens.
Perhaps you should try Marcus Wareing's new place. The old Petrus. Same team different name.
I ought to have mentioned earlier, I have dined at Tom Aikens, about 18mths ago, but really cannot remember anything from the meal, but a mango ravioli dessert, which to be fair, was delicious.
I would say Tom Aiken's cooking is more creative, full of flourish and complex with a lot of emphasis is on presentation, whilst Ramsay is more traditional. At RHR you can probably count on a good experience more than at TA.
Re. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley: I dined there a couple of weeks ago and thought it was decent, but not impressive. There were some very good dishes, but many average ones too. I also had issues with the service.
You can read about it in more detail here: http://foodsnobblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/marcus-wareing-at-the-berkeley-london/